Newly-ordained Priest Killed in Oklahoma Car Accident

Newly-ordained Priest Killed in Oklahoma Car AccidentA newly-ordained priest and a seminary student visiting from Kenya were killed in an Oklahoma car accident recently in North Tulsa, Fox 23 News reports.

The three-vehicle accident, which took place just after midnight on Sunday, August 21, occurred when a driver allegedly sped through an intersection at 36th Street North and Cincinnati Avenue. Father Jorge Gomez and Seminarian Stanley Kariuki, both 32, were killed instantly. Gomez and Kariuki were traveling in a Nissan Altima when they were struck by a Chevy Impala that allegedly ran a red light.

According to Tulsa World, the driver of the Impala was a 33-year-old woman. She told police she had heard gunshots in the area and became frightened, so she allegedly sped northbound as soon fast as possible. Police are currently investigating a shooting that happened mere moments before the accident and only a mile away from the collision, KJRH reports.

After investigators stated that the Impala struck the Altima containing Gomez and Kariuki, the Nissan then collided with a third vehicle. Drivers of the third car, a Ford Mustang, were uninjured, although shaken up, and the driver of the Impala suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Gomez had recently been assigned to the Saints Peter and Paul Parish in North Tulsa, and grew up in Mexico. Kariuki was spending time studying seminary at the church while visiting from Kenya. Father Tim Davison told Tulsa World that the two men were eager, energetic and excited to help the church.

The church community was devastated by the tragic accident, releasing a statement about the ordeal that explained overwhelming grief.

“May perpetual light shine upon their souls as they feast at the Table of the Lamb,” wrote the parish on its website.